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Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? (Wells of Knowledge Science) [School & Library Binding]

Robert E. Wells
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Oct 1999 Wells of Knowledge Science
Prize-winning non-fiction picture books with lively narrative text
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  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785719970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785719977
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 26.9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This is a really great book to share with a 5 to 7 year old who has started asking big questions about our place in the world and the world's place in the universe. Unlike most other 'kid's cosmology' books which jump straight into the names of planets and lots of other facts, this book concentrates on trying to develop an understanding of the mind-boggling bigness of the universe by building up from relatively smaller things (like blue whales, mount everest, crates full of sun-sized oranges).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed reading this 26 Aug 2011
By Boomer
Format:Paperback
The book uses some great comparisons, starting out small, and then making multiples of those 'things' to compare against the next things. Highly recommended for any child really. Even as an adult it really brings home the mind-bogglingly vast size of our universe! I think Douglas Adams summed it up best with "Space is big - really big - you just won't believe how vastly, hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 7 Mar 2011
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An Excellent Informative book. My daughter home schools our two Grandsons, and was pleased with the book and said It will be a good project for them to do. It Is very easy for them to read, and the pictures are brilliant, highly reccomended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear winner of the Darryl Award 29 Sep 2001
By Darryl Nightingale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fantastic book, despite the nit-picking in one of the editorial reviews above.
This book really helps little kids come to grips with the idea of relative size. My preschool and kindergarten ESL students will founder when asked to understand/believe that a little patch of color on a globe is their country (Taiwan). Heck, kids this age don't even have much idea what a country is, let alone how big it is in relation to anything else. But this book sure set some lightbulbs to poppin' over kid's heads! That's how I measure the success of my classes and the materials I use in them, and by that measure, this book is a clear winner of the Darryl Award for Excellence in Children's Literature in the Field of Science and Mathematics!
The perfect book to partner with this book is the excellent Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies (see my review of it). The focus Ms. Davies book is the whale itself. I found that using Ms. Davies' book before Mr. Wells' worked very well indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture book for science and math integration 23 May 2004
By Brooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of my favorite books. Every class I've ever used it with, from 1st grade up to 5th, has been fascinated. The illustrations are eye catching and perfectly correspond to the text. Literature should be intergrated across the curriculum. This book can help introduce lessons on big numbers and place value. It can also be used to tie into science lessons, with the size of the solar system or animal species. All elementary classrooms should have a copy of this book. It is both educational and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching tool 16 Mar 2007
By RFN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have used this book with several grade levels effectively. I originally purchased the book to give my third grade social studies class in an inner city New York school a concept of how high Mt. Everest is when they were studying China. They became so fascinated that we postponed the Himalaya lesson and ended up reading to the end of the book. They loved it! There are so many ways this book can be used with a classroom. It's a great way to involve children in the concept of estimating and they really get into guessing "how many" or trying to predict the very biggest thing there is. School age children enjoy the challenge of seeing how long it takes to count to 100 and then guessing how long it might take to reach a larger number. The children began asking "how long" to count to millions and billions if you counted 24 hours a day, creating a teachable moment when I helped them use math skills to discover the answer, which led to a discussion about setting up counting 'tag teams', if counting that long was feasible...the educational oportunities are endless, especially if you let the children's curiosity and creative thinking lead the lesson. All this was just from the first page of the book! I plan to purchase more books by this author in the hope they are equally thought-provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4th Graders Use it too! 16 Mar 2003
By 4th grade teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Fourth graders find this book amazing when beginning a unit on the solar system. It helps them put the size of the Earth in perspective compared to the sun and other planets. I use an accompanying sheet that asks the children to number all of the objects from the book (a whale, the sun, etc..)in order according to size. Then they check their answers as I read the book aloud. It's a wonderful way to open the unit! Definitely get this book and try it!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 22 Oct 2013
By Sara Rivers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for science concepts and also for teaching order - arranging things from one opposite to the other. The kids really love this book.
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